A huge victory on animal sentience

December 13, 2017 by

We just made the Government pull a screeching U-turn.

When I tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to transfer the full effect of EU law on animal sentience into UK law, the Tories voted me down. But with your support, I forced them to announce a new draft Bill yesterday.

Thanks to you, the obligation on the Government to ‘pay regard to animal sentience when making new laws’ will now be transferred into UK law.

If you have a cat or a dog, you don’t need me to tell you that animals have an emotional life.

For most of us, it’s not some philosophical question. It’s obvious that your pet can be happy and sad. They have moods. They can feel pain. And they can suffer.

It’s common sense to this nation of animal lovers, but our Government had to be forced to make sure that ministers will always take animal sentience into account when making future laws.

Yesterday, we made a real difference to ensuring high standards of animal protection in the UK for years to come.

Thank you for your help in making it happen. And thank you for supporting the only party which will always stand up for animals.

Yours,


Caroline Lucas MP

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Universal Credit

October 22, 2017 by

Green Citizens' Basic Income

The case for the Universal Credit (UC) would make far more sense headed ‘Universal Basic Income’ (UBI) yet there has been no mention whatsoever of the UBI in debates recently.

The original report ‘Dynamic Benefits: towards Welfare that works’ is not easy to find. I think the government would be embarrassed if anybody more famous than me drew attention to it. Search ‘Centre for Social justice’, Click ‘Policy Work’, then ‘Publications’. You then had to find the right page from about 13 (it was published on 16th September 2009), but strangely, the link for ‘Publications’ where I have accessed the report before did not work today. However, it came up when I searched for ‘Dynamic Benefits’  whilst on the CfSJ website.

Passages should have been read out in last Thursday’s Parliamentary debate on the UC (18.10.2017). Its cardinal point is that the UC would

Make work pay

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3G Pitch Battle – Children At Greatest Risk

October 7, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

3G Cancer Ex-NHS chief claims 3G football pitches may have given his son cancer – Mirror Online

The lines have been drawn at a Wellingborough Leisure Centre, but nanoparticles will cross them.  The proposed Redwell 3G Pitch is next to a primary school, and tyre rubber crumb dust from the pitch will blow into classrooms.  Studies have shown these invisible nanoparticles act like asbestos.  We all now about illnesses caused by asbestos, which is why local people want to know why they and their children should be exposed?

Occasional Exposures Reduce Risk

Stuart L Shalat, scientist at EOHSI (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute) states “Given that there are only occasional exposures this tends to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.” But local residents argue that there are no “only occasional exposures” for the children in the adjoining school nor for the people living in neighbouring houses.

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Save Our Trains: Wellingborough Consultation

September 30, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

saveourtrainshouseA petition against plans to radically change train services in the north of the county has attracted 4,000 signatures.

The ‘Save Our Trains’ petition opposes a proposal to end direct intercity trains for Luton, Luton Airport, Bedford, Wellingborough, Melton Mowbray and Oakham.

Plans are also on the table for a reduced service between Leicester and Kettering.

If the proposals go ahead, passengers travelling north from Wellingborough will have to change on to the reduced service at Kettering.

Ben Foley of the Green Party and East Midlands Rail Campaign, who set up the SaveOurTrains.co.uk petition, said: “If enough people join the 3,700 who have already signed the petition, we have a real chance of not just stopping the worst of the proposals, but of ending with the best train service yet on this route.”

The petition also opposes the decision to scrap the electrification of the line north of Kettering.

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Government running scared of its own Brexit impact studies, says Green MEP

September 20, 2017 by

MollyGreen MEP, Molly Scott Cato, who has been challenging ministers to release secret government studies into the impacts of Brexit [1], has accused the government of running scared of its own findings.

The accusation comes following a letter from Steve Baker, Undersecretary of State for exiting the EU, in which he states that it would be innaproriate to publish analysis that would risk damaging the UK’s negotiating position. Responding, Dr Scott Cato, who is Green Party speaker on Brexit, said:

“To conceal studies under the guise that it weaken the governement’s negotiating position can mean only one thing: that the studies reveal Brexit will have a negative impact on the UK. If the findings were in any way positive and backed-up their hard Brexit folly, or strengthened their negotiating hand, you can bet they would have been released long ago. The government is running scared. It knows that the impacts of Brexit will be disastrous on our economy.”

Mr Baker acknowledged that the government has conducted analysis of over 50 sectors of the economy covering financial services, agriculture, energy, retail, infrastructure and transport. The government has repeatedly been asked to list the sectors it has analysed. In June, in answer to a parliamentary question, the government said it would publish the list ‘shortly’, but to date no such list has been made available.

Green MP, Caroline Lucas, also asked a parliamentary question on whether the impact studies have reached a different conclusion on the UK’s membership of the single market to studies carried out by the government in 2013. The studies, known as the Balance of Competences [2], concluded that membership of the single market resulted in GDP of both the EU and the UK being ‘appreciably greater than they otherwise would be’ and that ‘integration has brought… appreciable economic benefits.’ The government refused to answer, again arguing that to publish anything would undermine the UK’s ability to negotiate the best deal for the UK. Molly Scott Cato concluded:

“This is a government in total chaos, riven with internal conflict and division and choosing to feed people fanciful nonsense about life outside the EU rather than reveal the truth about its reckless Brexit escapade. Communities, businesses and public services need confidence in our long-term planning and this can only be achieved through open, transparent decision-making. The government should come clean and let everyone see exactly what the likely impacts of Brexit on our economy will be.” 

Dr Scott Cato is currently awaiting a response to a freedom of information request for further details of a leaked study into the impacts of Brexit on the NHS [3]. The study, undertaken by the Department of Health, suggests Brexit could result in a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026. A petition set up by the European Movement, calling on the Government to publish impact studies has reached almost 18,000 signatures [4].

Links

[1] http://mollymep.org.uk/2017/08/11/mep-slams-govt-for-hiding-50-studies-impacts-of-brexit/

 

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/final-reports-in-review-of-eu-balance-of-competences-published

[3] http://mollymep.org.uk/2017/09/01/foi-secret-brexit-study-on-nhs/

[4] http://www.europeanmovement.co.uk/release_the_studies

Molly Scott Cato is Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar and is one of 50 Green/EFA MEPs in the European Parliament. She sits on the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee, PANA committee investigating tax evasion and the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Molly is Green Party speaker on Brexit.

No service cuts & keep Intercity trains to Wellingborough

July 29, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

notoq4I’ve just had a read of this document and there are some very concerning plans / ideas here about future train services for our area. You might want to have a look. I plan to make a submission to this consultation.

I agree that we need greater train service capacity which may include looking at additional lines and services, and it’s also important that our existing services aren’t down graded. I am also very concerned about the plans (herein) re travelling north to Market Harborough, Leicester etc. I work in Leicester and the plans here would mean the removal of all direct trains to MH, Leicester, Nottingham and elsewhere from Wellingborough. I thought the idea of building 3,500 houses next to the train station would support more people using the train (in both directions), not possibly a reduction or downgrading of services.

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Keep, Extend and Enforce the Hunting Ban, Vote Green

July 16, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

JH Keep The BanIf elected I will fight against hunting and vote to keep the ban.  I will make upgrading the Hunting Act 2004 to include all blood sports my first private members’ bill.  I will also add to the bill to make it enforceable.

The Green Party’s policy is crystal clear; we oppose all forms of hunting.   Keith Taylor MEP, the Green Party’s Animals Spokesperson, has condemned Theresa May’s plan to bring back fox hunting.  The vocal animal welfare campaigner and South East MEP said:

“That Theresa May has been forced into this admission is extremely telling. The bloodthirsty plot to repeal the foxhunting ban had, until now, only been discussed behind closed doors because the Tories know 84% of the public oppose this barbaric pursuit, which is enjoyed by only a tiny privileged minority.”

“Let’s be clear, the Conservatives did not want to be open with the public about this plan…

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Discover The Local Talking Newspaper

July 1, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

WP_20170605_19_24_20_ProLast night I had the pleasure of joining the team at Wellingborough and District Talking Newspaper from their own studio at The Belgrade Centre, Denington Road, Wellingborough.   The news is recorded on Monday evenings and dispatched on a Tuesday mornings by a dedicated team of volunteers to over 100 individual listeners and to a number of day centres and care homes for use in the communal areas.

Simon Turner, a Green Party Member, helps to run the free Talking Newspaper service, delivering audio recordings of local news and magazine articles through its customer’s letter box.  Simon said “you qualify if you are blind or partially sighted with close up vision of N12 or less quality.  You do not have to be registered blind or partially sighted. Approaches can be made to us direct by the would-be listener, their family, friends or social worker. Clubs or county librarians who work with…

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Put Town Centres First, Vote Green

June 22, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

WP_20170606_17_03_29_ProOur town centres are dying, because of the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour.  All of these parties support out of town retail parks including Rushden Lakes, and all do not support small businesses, including shops, cafes and pubs, in our town centres.  I simply do not understand why we are letting our town centres turn into ghost town centres and why are local elected politicians letting our local shops die?

In Wellingborough and Rushden today we have scores of empty units and with more closing every week, how long will it be before we have lost every independent or small chain store from our town centres?  The latest victim is workwear and camping shop George Alan who are set to close both of their Rushden and Wellingborough shops by the end of June.  In Silver Street, Wellingborough, half of the units are empty and more are closing!

The Green Party…

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Clean Air Everywhere Week of Action

June 20, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

AirTeamWe are joining Friends of the Earth in calling for a national week of action for clean air from 24 June to 2 July 2017.  After weeks of delay and speculation, the government finally published its draft Air Quality Plan on 5 May.  This should have been a Plan that effectively dealt with the shocking air pollution crisis that blights the lives of so many.  This should have been a Plan for clean air that put the health of the nation first.  This should have been a Plan that helped people out of dirty diesels in to clean vehicles and cheaper, better, public transport.  Unfortunately for us all – it wasn’t. Far from it.

Why are we forced to breathe polluted air?

Vulnerable children and older people who are forced to breathe illegal levels of pollution deserve better.  We all deserve better.  So for the sake of the nation’s health, we’re…

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